Talent pool – career booster or waste of time?

People who feel comfortable in their professional comfort zones often quickly push aside thoughts of change. But what do you do when the fun at work is steadily diminishing, and you notice an increasing feeling of unease? Be it because of dissatisfaction with colleagues, or because the ideas and suggestions that you put forward have not been followed up on, or because you are in a development dead end.

“Changing jobs isn’t just about switching roles—it’s about strategic career advancement,” asserts Thomas Bartelsen, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at TecAlliance. “Our feature “Connect” tailors notifications to your career goals. It’s about more than just job-hopping; it’s about realizing ambitions. Take time to plan deliberately. Let “Connect” guide you. Utilize tools like an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to define goals and steps. Platforms such as LinkedIn Learning or MyPath offer resources for crafting IDPs.

Quick change or conscious change?

Before you start looking for a new job, you should be clear about what you want to achieve in the new job. What kind of management culture suits your desire for the freedom to work creatively, self-responsibly, results- and customer-oriented? How important are flexible working hours and mobile working? How important is the fun factor at work? Do the company values match your attitudes and convictions, or can the company build a bridge if necessary?

After getting to know your requirements, the next step is to familiarise yourself with the current job market. What are the latest trends and developments? Are there any suitable job offers out there? If so, go ahead with a classic application.

But what do you do if a particularly attractive employer is not now offering a specific advertisement for your dream job?

If you don’t see anything suitable right away, there’s no reason to bury your head in the sand. A speculative application makes sense here. If you know exactly the company, department, and position for which you want to apply, you have found the perfect target for your application. But even if you don’t know exactly where you want to go, you should seize the opportunity and send in an unsolicited application.

Unsolicited application – flop or top?

To ensure that your unsolicited application is successful, you should know about and understand the company and the industry in which it operates. Find out about the company’s current challenges and goals. Try to find out what skills and experience you have that could be useful to the company in meeting them. Then you can tailor your application to the company’s needs and show why you are the right person for the job.

Those who apply on their initiative dare to apply for a position that has not (yet) been publicly advertised and to avoid the current competition.

This can be particularly advantageous if you want to work for a company that is especially relevant to you. An unsolicited application shows that you are proactive and that you are interested in the company. In this way, you can bring yourself to the company’s attention and perhaps help them to decide in your favour even if there is no suitable open position when you apply.

When asked about the chances of success using our feature “Connect”, Lisa Blashoff, Talent Attraction Specialist, explains: “We owe our growth and success to our core competencies such as entrepreneurial thinking and personal responsibility. Someone who applies proactively precisely demonstrates these qualities. This application is automatically fed into our talent pool. If it is apparent from the application what particularly distinguishes this applicant and the added value to TecAlliance, nothing stands in the way of a first interview.”

A speculative application has helped many applicants find their dream jobs.

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